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Interview with Georgina Chapman & LaLa
Anthony of Project Runway All-Stars on Lifetime
Lifetimeís Q&A Session with Georgina Chapman & LaLa
AnthonyĖ Project Runway All Stars
December 11, 2012
Moderator What did you think when you were first approached
to be a judge on Project Runway: All Stars and what made you
G. Chapman I was incredibly flattered and I was very excited
too. I had been a judge several times on Project Runway
before and Iíd always really loved the experience. I think
itís great to get out of my everyday environment and to
experience other designers. You have very little opportunity
to do that as a designer to the world. So to me I just
really, really enjoy it and I enjoy meeting the people.
There is so much talent that weíve seen and I think all the
viewers can appreciateóI mean particular seasons there
really is very, very high standards.
Moderator I know on the show when it airs we only get to see
bits and pieces of the judges discussing the look. How long
is that process for you guys after the runway show?
G. Chapman Itís a whole day shoot. We really do talk about
it in depth, myself, Isaac and Carolyn and whoever our guest
judge is. We do really care about our designers. We form
quite a bond with them and we feel very responsible. Itís
not a flippant decision. It can be very hard sometimes. So
we give it the time that it needs.
Moderator Have you watched every season of Project Runway?
G. Chapman I think I probably have. I think so because Iím
such a huge fan of the show. My step kids are too. I donít
know; itís a really great and fun show. Iím just always in
awe. Even though Iím now a judge it still hasnít become old
hat to me. I just donít know how they do it within the time
Itís fun for me to watch the other show as well, because
when Iím a judge on the show I donít get to see all the
backstage drama or I donít get to see them constructing
their pieces. I just get to see them when they come down the
runway. So I donít know any of the back-story. So itís quite
fun just to watch something afresh and have no idea what was
Moderator Is there an alumni that you would like to see in
the next All Stars season?
G. Chapman You know what? I havenít thought about that. Iím
going to have to have a think about that one.
Moderator I would love to know of all the designs that you
judged this season which one would you personally like to
G. Chapman This season I found there was a lot very wearable
clothing. I donít know. There was quite a lot actually. Iíd
love to say whatís to come, but I think some of the best is
yet to come. I just canít give it away, but Iíve really been
really impressed, and this week is actually one of my
favorites. So Iím really excited about this week. One of the
dresses in this week, a couple of the dresses actually I
would wear even though theyíre unconventional, but I think
theyíre some of my favorites.
Moderator So on Project Runway last season they did a
childrenís wear challenge. Which designer of this season of
All Stars do you think would make a great childrenís
G. Chapman Maybe Uli because she has that sense of whimsy
that I think would be great. Iím thinking girls because I
have a girl. So I think she would make really cute little
Moderator What is the difference about this show and your
experience with the designers on the second season?
G. Chapman I think the first season it was new for all of us
and this time around weíve done it before. What amazed me is
that it still felt completely fresh, completely new and just
every time because there are new people. There are new
personalities. There is really not like, ďOh, weíre going to
do the same thing again.Ē It just isnít. Each week is
I think when youíre dealing with creatives youíre always in
for surprise, and I think thatís why this show is so much
fun for Isaac, myself and Carolyn to do. We really look
forward to coming and judging the shows. As I said before,
we do get a bond with these designers. I couldnít really saw
which season I preferred or didnít. They were all just
different in their own way.
Moderator We love the baby Marchesa dresses and the Target
Neiman Marcus lines. Would you ever want to expand more and
design a separate line for children?
G. Chapman I would love to one day, but I donít know whether
I will be any time soon.
Moderator I wanted to ask you about the documentary thatís
going to air after Project Runway, about Marchesa and about
your line. I was curious how does pregnancy affect your
G. Chapman Itís funny because I sometimes feel Iím most
creative when Iím pregnant. I guess because I am physically
creating at the same time. I just keep going. The show must
go on. You just work through and obviously some days youíre
a little more tired than you normally might, be but I do
feel very creative when Iím pregnant. I love tapping into
that energy because I think thatís what my whole physical
being is about at this time.
Moderator In terms of a documentary, how was filming
different than actually filming for Project Runway? What was
it like to have the cameras around all the time in your
personal design space?
G. Chapman It was quite different. I felt like the
contestants. I have a lot more sympathy. Itís like they see
your time and youíre working. They get to see a lot because
you become unaware that theyíre there after awhile. Itís
interesting when I watch it because I was getting an outside
perspective on what goes on. I think they did a great job
and Iím really happy with it.
Moderator Did you think it would ever turn into a series not
just one single half hour documentary, maybe a full reality
show in your future?
G. Chapman I just hope my life wouldnít be that dramatic. I
like to think that Iím too boring for that. I can do without
Moderator So what can we really expect with this
documentary? Is there anything surprising that while you
were filming and then you watched it? Was it something that
G. Chapman Not really because I had lived it. There were no
surprises. There was nothing filmed that I didnít know about
or wasnít living a part of. When I saw it later, it was
quite a while later that I saw it, I was on to the next
thing as it were. But it was just interesting seeing it sort
of like a fly on the wall looking at your own life. Itís a
strange thing to step back and to see yourself in the mirror
like that. As far as surprises, not really, because thatís
my day-to-day life and itís pretty accurate what they
Moderator Will we see any celebrity appearances on your
G. Chapman Yes there are. There are people talking about the
dresses, actresses whoíve worn the dresses, editors talking
about Marchesa. You get a glimpse inside of our shows. You
get a glimpse inside of a charity show we did. Then you get
a glimpse inside an award season and the process behind the
making of a dress.
Moderator When youíre judging Project Runway: All Stars is
it ever difficult to leave your own personal taste out of it
or avoid comparing it to your own work?
G. Chapman I donít ever compare it to my own work. You know,
everyone has their own aesthetic and thatís what I
particularly love about being a judge. I get exposed to all
different designs, all different points of views and I find
that terribly exciting, but I think your own personal taste
always does come into things.
I think itís impossible to put that on one side, but I can
appreciate construction. I can appreciate design detail. It
doesnít need to say I can like something even though I would
never design it or perhaps never wear it. That doesnít mean
to say I donít like it. Itís hard toóif I donít like
something aesthetically, itís hard for me to get my head
around it and say, and ďWell I think itís a great piece.Ē
Moderator Who would you have on? Who would be your dream
guest judge on the show?
G. Chapman I think you know. Sadly sheís cast, but I
wouldíve love to have had Isabella Ö.
Moderator Since fashion has become so accessible from shows
like Project Runway, even the upcoming documentary, how do
you feel about more designers entering the market as
compared to years past? Do you think thatís good for the
G. Chapman I think itís probably the same as itís always
been. Yes, itís becomeóyou get your shows like Project
Runway and that gives designers exposure, which is a
wonderful thing, but there is still the same amount of
stores. There are still the same amount of websites and the
same amount of customers. So really at the end of the day
itís talent and hard work that wins. I think thatís what we
see on Project Runway. We genuinely have really, really
talented people there and I do believe a lot of guys have
Moderator With someone like Emilio, whoís more of a costume
designer, do you think heís at more of a disadvantage?
G. Chapman Thatís hard for me to say because I trained in
costumes as well. So I might think heís at a great
advantage. I come from a very similar background to him, if
not the same background. Itís always worked for me. I think,
you know, yes, I did have to learn on the job a bit more
that other people wouldíve been prepared for after their
college, thatís true, but sometimes that gives you a fresher
Moderator If you could create a dream challenge for the all
stars, what would it be?
G. Chapman Thatís a good question. I hadnít thought about
that. Theyíve never given me the opportunity to do that. I
think they should. I think I should get to create my own
challenge. I donít know. Iíd have to give that a bit of
thought. I think they put quite a lot of thought into these
challenges. I would hate to come off the cuff with one, but
I think that would be a fun thing to think about.
Moderator What was your favorite challenge?
G. Chapman I actually really do love the upcoming challenge
this week because itís a little unconventional. I like those
unconventional challenges because they always come up with
surprising things and people have to push themselves to be
at their most creative.
Moderator Which guest judge have you enjoyed working with
most this season?
G. Chapman Weíve had such incredible judges this season.
Really, itís been wonderful, just from Tavi Gevinson, who is
just amazing for a girl of her age with such expertise, to
big star designers like Diane von Furstenberg to incredible
musicians like Kylie Minogue and then you have LaLa, whoís
wonderful, this week. We have amazing guest judges coming
up, like Katie Holmes. So itís been a really exciting
season. And then Iíve had my great friend Rachel Roy, whoís
a dream to have on the show. So I think we got very spoiled.
Moderator What role did your husband have in the Project
Runway: Marchesa spotlight?
G. Chapman He doesnít have much of a role when it comes to
fashion. The documentary was actually made by a Canadian
company for Canadian TV. So this is a version of it that
Lifetime has worked on. He didnít really have any
Moderator Being a stylish mom yourself what advice do you
have on maternity style for Kate Middleton as her pregnancy
G. Chapman I couldnít advise Kate. Sheís such a stylish girl
and she always gets it right. I just hope sheís feeling
better, poor thing. As being pregnant myself I just canít
even imagine what a nightmare that must be. I hope sheís
concentrating just on getting a lot of rest right now.
Moderator As far as dressing, do you have any tips for her?
G. Chapman I think it depends on your body type. Itís like
dressingóyour body changes so much and everybody changes
differently. So it really is a very personal thing and I
think you just have to go with what your comfortable with.
You have to embrace it. You enjoy it. Itís a few months of
your life and itís a special time of your life so I think
Moderator How do you balance your really busy career and
G. Chapman I make sure I carve out time to be with my
daughter. Sheís my number one priority, my family. India
comes into the office with me most days. She has her little
area with a desk and everything where she draws. Every
morning I spend a lot ofóI leave later in the mornings now
and spend the mornings with her. So I do see her. She spends
a lot of time with me at work and things. I donít know how
thatís going to work once sheís at school. Iím going to miss
her. Itís going to be hard.
Moderator What is she into? What are her hobbies?
G. Chapman Being a two year old, running, drawing on
everything, sticking things on everything. Sheís like a
little Tasmanian devil running around. She loves being at
the office because itís just like Ö going through all the
fabrics and everything. She loves fashion already. She
strokes the dresses and goes, ďBeautiful dress, Mommy.Ē
Moderator What do you look for in a design? When you were on
Project Runway what did you see?
L. Anthony The task that we had was to make an outfit out of
Christmas decorations, Christmas ornaments, so of course in
that kind of task what youíre looking for is creativity. The
fact that these designers were able to make such amazing
pieces out of Christmas supplies and ornaments, I was just
blown away. But definitely what Iím looking for is
creativity. Like how do you even take an ornament or wreath
or something and turn that into something that we could
actually wear. I was pretty blown away.
Moderator Which designer on the show would you most likely
want to wear?
L. Anthony Itís so funny. I can tell you. I filmed it a
while ago. I actually had to write that down and I do have a
designer, just give me one second, that I said I absolutely
loved. I just want to make sure I have their name right. I
liked a lot of them, but I loved Casanova. I loved Uli. I
really loved Uli. That was my favorite, Uli Herzner.
Moderator Would you ever consider doing your own fashion
L. Anthony Itís funny you said that. I just did a deal with
Shopbop.com for a clothing line that my stylist and I
collaborated together whatís called 5th & Mercer. And
actually tomorrow our first piece goes on sale on
Shopbop.com. We started with a simple jumper just to kind of
ease our way into it and see how it does and take it from
there. So I did do a clothing collaboration with Shopbop
that Iím very, very excited about.
Moderator What made you want to be a guest judge this season
on Project Runway: All Stars?
L. Anthony Iím into fashion. I love fashion. I love clothes.
I love the show. So when I was asked I was just honored
because to be able to see people be so creative and bring
ideas to life is just still so fascinating to me. So I was
happy to be a part of it, but I guess I would just say it
was my love for fashion.
Moderator I would love to know what Christmas materials
would you have chosen to make a look out of?
L. Anthony I think I would probably choose like garland
because obviously you could make maybe a cool skirt or a
cool top somehow out of garland. So that is what I would
first go for. You can get that in different colors to kind
of mix it up. But thereís no denying that making anything
out of Christmas supplies and ornaments is very difficult
and I was just blown away by what these designers were able
Moderator Were you a fan of Project Runway before you became
L. Anthony Such a fan, such a fan of Project Runway, Project
Runway: All Stars. I was excited to be a part of it and just
excited people viewed meóthat people respect my opinion when
it comes to fashion. Thatís what was really cool to me. So I
was really happy to be a part of that.
Moderator Weíre very excited over here to see what will come
from 5th & Mercer. Did you take any pointers on how the
designers work on Project Runway to bring to your
collaboration with Shopbop?
L. Anthony I wouldnít say I took anything from them only
because the challenge when I was there was to make designs
out of Christmas ornaments. So there wasnít much to take out
of that, but I was just looking at everyoneís fashion, what
they were wearing, what the other judges were wearing.
Georginaís the one I admire in fashion and also the host,
Carolyn. So I was looking at stuff like that. Like, ďOh,
that could be cool,Ē more of that way, just looking at what
people were wearing while I was there.
Isaac Mizrahi is obviously someone who has a great eye for
fashion, just talking to him about what Iím doing, so thatís
kind of what I took from there. Iím really excited for 5th &
Mercer. Like I said, the first piece actually debuts on
Shopbop tomorrow, and hopefully if that does well weíll go
into them with talk for a bigger collection.
Moderator What was the inspiration behind 5th & Mercer?
L. Anthony The inspiration, the name itself tells a lot
about it. 5th & Mercer is Fifth Ave. and Mercer in New York
City. So Fifth Ave., you know, is super high end. Mercer is
considered more edgy, downtown chic. I feel like my stylist
and my clothing line is the perfect marriage between the
two, high-end yet edgy, downtown chic.
So thatís how we came up with the name and thatís exactly
what the clothing line kind of embodies. Even with the one
jumper that weíre going to start selling tomorrow on Shopbob,
weíve already had Kelly Rowland wear it, Gabrielle Union,
KimóI sent Kim K., Kim Kardashian hers the other day. Sheís
going to wear it. So many people are loving it and are
starting to wear it, which is kind of awesome.
Moderator How did you decide what you would wear on the
L. Anthony That was a tough one because I knew it was a
fashion show and people would be looking. Actually my
stylist just helped me pick something out. I had a Tom Ford
dress on, a Tom Ford sequined dress, but then I wanted to
edge it up so I threw on a leather jacket on top, which I
though was really cool to kind of throw a leather jacket on
top of this Tom Ford Dress. I was really happy with how the
look came out.
Moderator Did you watch all of the previous seasons of the
L. Anthony I would watch here and there, not every single
episode, but I was definitely super familiar and excited to
be a judge and excited to have people want to know my
opinion on things. I have kept up with the show in the past
seasons and am just still always amazed at what these
designers can do with what theyíre given and especially with
our challenge to turn a whole outfit out of Christmas
ornaments and Christmas supplies. Itís just unbelievable to
me and the work they did was awesome.
Moderator Since you have watched the show over the years
when you were a judge what was the experience like? Was it
harder than you thought it would be? Was it more fun,
easier? How does that go?
L. Anthony It was really fun, but at the same time you want
to be honest with people. What I like to say is being honest
doesnít mean that you have to be mean. A lot of times when
you get on these judges panels people just want to be mean
and be so hard on people.
All people want is your honesty and if youíre honest it
doesnít mean you have to be mean about it. So I really
enjoyed being honest with my thoughts but also being
positive as well and giving these designers encouragement
because it takes a lot of guts to do what theyíre doing.
Moderator How do you juggle your busy career and motherhood?
L. Anthony The thing is I kind of just take it day by day
and I started to be okay with knowing that there are going
to be days where you canít get everything done. Weíre our
own worst critics. We beat ourselves up when we canít finish
it all in one day. Thatís just unrealistic as a mom, a wife,
and a businesswoman that you can finish it all in one day.
So Iíve become okay with that and I kind of just take it day
by day and try to get the important things done. It is
definitely a constant juggling and balancing act, but I
couldnít even see it any other way.
Moderator How is your son, Kiyan, doing?
L. Anthony Heís doing great. Weíre here in Los Angeles now.
Heís here with me getting ready for the holidays. Iím trying
to explain to him why a five year old will not be getting an
iPhone 5 for Christmas. Weíre having those conversations
right now because when he wrote his list to Santa his number
one thing was an iPhone 5. I donít know where my child gets
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